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Miami jumps all over Mississippi State

Miami guard Sheldon McClellan looks for his shot against Malik Newman in a Puerto Rico Tipoff first-round game.

Associated Press

Miami guard Sheldon McClellan looks for his shot against Malik Newman in a Puerto Rico Tipoff first-round game.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sheldon McClellan scored 18 to help Miami jump to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 105-79 win against Mississippi State in Thursday's first round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Ja'Quan Newton added 15 points for the Hurricanes (3-0), who led by 29 early. Miami made 17 of its first 21 shots, including a run of nine in a row, and used a 16-0 burst to quickly take all drama out of the game.

Miami shot 63 percent in the first half and tied the tournament single-half record with 59 points by the break, finishing at 57 percent shooting for the game.

"We always know offensively we have a lot of weapons," Miami point guard Angel Rodriguez said. "We felt that way last year as well. Our mentality this year is to truly improve as much as we can on defense.''

Gavin Ware and Craig Sword each scored 20 for the Bulldogs (1-2), who got no closer than 18 in the second half, an ugly follow-up to Monday's home loss to Southern.

It marked the first time the Hurricanes scored at least 100 since 2009. They fell just shy of the Tipoff's single-game scoring record of 107, set by North Carolina against Hofstra in 2010.

Miami faces No. 16 Utah at 7 tonight (ESPNU).

No. 12 Arizona 88, Boise State 76: Gabe York scored a career-high 23, hitting four 3-pointers, to lead four players in double figures for the Wildcats (3-0). Arizona has won 41 straight at home, the longest active streak in the country.

No. 14 Indiana 86, Creighton 65: James Blackmon scored 19 and Thomas Bryant added 17 while dominating the middle as the host Hoosiers (3-0) won their third in a row by more than 20 points. Maurice Watson scored 21 for the Bluejays, who trailed 51-32 at halftime and didn't get closer than 17 in the second half.

NO. 16 UTAH 73, TEXAS TECH 63: Lorenzo Bonam scored a season-high 20 to help the Utes (3-0) hold on in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. Jordan Loveridge added 18 points for Utah, which squandered much of a 12-point, first-half lead but kept turning away every comeback bid from the Red Raiders. Utah shot 38 percent, including 6-of-24 on 3-pointers, but had a 45-38 rebounding advantage and scored 20 second-chance points. Devaugntah Williams scored 13 to lead the Red Raiders, who shot 39 percent.

No. 17 Vanderbilt 79, Stony Brook 72, OT: Wade Baldwin came off the bench to score 21 and lead the host Commodores. The Seawolves forced overtime on Carson Puriefoy's layup with one second left that tied it at 66.

NO. 22 BUTLER 93, MISSOURI ST. 59: Kelan Martin and Andrew Chrabascz each scored 18 and the Bulldogs (2-0) rolled in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff in San Juan. Butler shot 60 percent and made 8 of 17 3-pointers, and had just eight turnovers.

Women: USF falls at No. 5 Baylor 66-63

WACO, Texas — No. 19 USF gave No. 5 Baylor a scare, but lost 66-63 when Courtney Williams missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Niya Johnson had 10 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the Bears (3-0) advanced to the preseason WNIT championship game. Baylor hosts DePaul on Sunday.

Williams scored 23 for the Bulls (2-1), who next host Butler on Wednesday.

Baylor never trailed after an 11-0 run early in the game, but USF got within a point twice in the fourth quarter.

Laura Ferriera had 14 points for USF, including a three-point play with 15 seconds left to get the Bulls to 65-63. USF's Alisia Jenkins had 14 rebounds to give her 1,007 for her career.

NO. 6 FSU 78, TULANE 72: Shakayla Thomas scored 26 and Adut Bulgak added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles (1-1), who led for most of the second half, though they didn't get breathing room until midway through the fourth quarter. Kolby Morgan's jumper brought the Green Wave (2-1) to 66-62 with 3:51 remaining, then FSU scored eight straight. The Seminoles had only nine players available — starting point guard Leticia Romero was out with a left ankle injury, and Emiah Bingley was out due to concussion-related symptoms.

No. 6 Ohio St. 84, Belmont 56: Kelsey Mitchell had 25 points and six assists for the host Buckeyes (1-2). Ohio State made 10 3-pointers in the first half.

No. 17 Oklahoma 73, BYU 47: Peyton Little hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 for the host Sooners (2-1).

No. 20 N'western 72, Idaho State 36: Nia Coffee had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the host Wildcats (2-0), who raced to a 20-5 lead and were never challenged. Maggie Lyon and Ashley Deary backed Coffee's 23rd career double double with 18 and 17 points.

Miami jumps all over Mississippi State 11/19/15 [Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:10pm]
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